AG Barr: 'Spying did occur' on Trump campaign

Bill Barr Confirms: Yes, Spying Occurred During the 2016 Campaign and It's a Big Deal

"I think spying did occur", Barr said.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It's a big deal", Barr said in a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

"I'm not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it's important to look at that".

While Mr Trump was flying off to Texas, America's top law official was appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

But Barr later backed down from these apparently eye-popping claims, saying: "I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred".

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the White House, decreed it an "illegal investigation" conducted by "dirty cops".

"Congress is usually concerned about intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane and I want to make sure that happened", he said. The CIA used at least one informer to collect information about it.

Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday that he expected Horowitz's investigation to wrap up "in May or June".

Trump also asked Barr to investigate the probe's origins, a request that Barr seems willing to heed. He says he's looking forward to explaining his reasoning after he releases a redacted version of Mueller's 400-page report in the coming days.

Barr said that he plans to form a team to gather information from the Justice Department and Capitol Hill related to the FBI's investigation, which was formally opened on July 31, 2016.

"Attempts to hide swaths of the report from public scrutiny along the way will only fuel suspicions" that the Justice Department is "playing the role of President Trump's defense team", Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said at Wednesday's hearing. What they did was against our Constitution and everything we stand for, ' Trump said. According to Trump, Americans would now like to see the investigators investigated.

The president said he doesn't care about the Mueller report, because "he won" and Attorney General William Barr's summary "completely exonerates him".

"That is one question I have", Barr said.

Barr was testifying for a second day at a congressional budget hearing that was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation.

Barr told the committee that he would review all the intelligence activities directed at Trump's 2016 campaign, and added that his review was not specifically directed just at the Federal Bureau of Investigation alone.

Indeed, Barr even said the Justice Department would be examining the genesis of the Russian Federation probe.

Although Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received counterintelligence briefings about the threat of infiltration by foreign spies, it isn't clear what they were told.

Aderholt was referring to the "Steele Dossier" that had been put together as opposition research against Trump, including with funding from Democrats.

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